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Bandits Offense Applies the Heat
12/03/2010 7:22 AM ET

Brisbane Bandits' offence has sent a warning to the rest of the ABL as it delivered an 8-1 win over Perth Heat at Barbagallo Ballpark last night.

In a complete dominance of the Heat pitching, Shuhei Fukuda hit a solo home run in the first at bat of the game to start the onslaught.

A seven-run third inning furthered the Bandits' ascendancy as Josh Roberts, David Sutherland, Mitch Nilsson, Wade Dutton and Alan Schoenberger all drove in runs for the visitors.

Perth starting pitcher Liam Hendriks not able to last three innings, while Brisbane starter Hiroki Yamada cruised through seven scoreless innings for only five hits, pitching eight strikeouts along the way.

Alan Schoenberger led the Bandits' offence with three hits for the night.

Perth Heat coach Brooke Knight said the Heat need to improve in every area. "I think it was one of those nights but I think our effort needs to improve, we'll see how we respond tomorrow night."

"Yamada, he definitely threw the ball well, he was sharp and they caught us on a night where they had a guy on the bump who was really sharp and a team that was pretty out of sync.

"I'm not as quite concerned about the offence because I think they got a good performance from their starter but I am more concerned about some of the little things."

The only positive to come out of the game for the Heat was Nathan Driessen and Dean White's efforts out of the bullpen as they managed to ensure there was no further damage done.

"Driessen threw the ball well tonight," Knight said.

Game-two of the series starts 7pm Friday night.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.